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7 Tips to Stay Awake on Night Shifts

Many nurses and other professionals have difficulty staying awake on a night shift. This is completely understandable, and quite honestly, by mother nature’s design. Your body releases chemicals based upon the time of day that encourage you to go to sleep. So if you find you’re having trouble staying awake at night, it’s just because you’re human.

While you can’t re-engineer how your body is designed, you may be able to change your practices to make night shift a little easier. There are some tips and tricks you can use that will help you stay alert and useful during a night shift. Without further delay, the following are helpful ways to keep you awake during a night shift.

1. Drink Plenty of Water. 
Drinking water is helpful for multiple reasons. First and foremost, it’s difficult to get too sleepy if you have to go to bathroom. So staying very hydrated will let your bladder serve as your personal sleep deterrent. Also, drinking water can help increase the oxygenation of your blood level which can help to increases alertness and help you stay awake more easily during a long night shift.

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